“RA layer request failed” error with Subclipse, no errors with web browser

I’m using STS 2.8.1 (I think it’s based on Eclipse Indigo) with Subclipse 1.6.18.

I’m trying to check some code out from a repository, but when I add the repository location, I get the following error:

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  • RA layer request failed
    svn: Server sent unexpected return value (503 Service Unavailable) in response to OPTIONS request for ‘http://a.b.com:18080/svn/myproject’

    The thing is, if I try to access that repository from a web browser (e.g. Chrome or IE), I’m allowed to access it. It asks for my username and password, and after I enter them, I can see the project tree.

    Does anyone know why I can access from the web browser but not from STS?

    The proxy settings are configured correctly for Subclipse (and I can access other repositories from STS, but not that one).

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    This is usually due to an SVN setting (c:\Documents and Settings\_username_\Application Data\Subversion\servers or ~/.subversion/servers) overriding an Eclipse setting.

    Or one of those settings could have the wrong password for the proxy.

    However, the OP Neets reports:

    • I’m able to connect to other repository locations (so the proxy password is correct)
    • I solved it, adding the corresponding exception in the servers file, like this:
    http-proxy-exceptions = exception.com

    That is compliant with what describes the openDNS article Configuring Subversion to Use a Proxy Server:


    This specifies a set of repository addresses for which you don’t need to access a proxy server. For example, if you have a repository on your local LAN, then you probably won’t need a proxy to access it.
    This should be a comma-delimited list of servers, and you can use an asterisk as a wildcard.
    If all of the repositories that you will access require you to use a proxy server, then you can leave this out.

    The following shows a sample configuration that will use a proxy server to access all servers outside of the example.com domain:

    http-proxy-exceptions = *.example.com
    http-proxy-host = proxy.example.com
    http-proxy-port = 8080
    http-proxy-username = myuserid
    http-proxy-password = mypassword
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